D3 Expanded player-versus-player options

Expanded player-versus-player options are another prime candidate for an expansion. While the game did finally get PvP dueling in February, the game’s long lost Team Deathmatch mode from the beta was cancelled last December because, according to Wilson, it “gets old relatively quickly.” He did say at the time, though, that Team Deathmatch would be replaced with something more “appropriate for Diablo 3.” What that may be remains a tantalizing prospect for the future.
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As with the Auction Houses, though, it seem that only a completely different version will bring offline play to Diablo 3 on PC. A message from Morhaime delivered to players last July put the kibosh on an offline solo mode through patch updates. “I fully understand the desire to play Diablo III offline,” said Morhaime, “However, Diablo III was designed from the beginning to be an online game that can be enjoyed with friends, and the always-online requirement is the best way for us to support that design.”

Expanded player-versus-player options are another prime candidate for an expansion. While the game did finally get PvP dueling in February, the game’s long lost Team Deathmatch mode from the beta was cancelled last December because, according to Wilson, it “gets old relatively quickly.” He did say at the time, though, that Team Deathmatch would be replaced with something more “appropriate for Diablo 3.” What that may be remains a tantalizing prospect for the future.

One year later, Blizzard has the twin luxuries of an industry with its attention elsewhere and a devoted audience still playing its highly divisive game. It can continue to tinker away, refining the game. People will have to wait longer for the big changes a major expansion can bring, though. “We do have a plan, an expansion plan for Diablo,” said Morhaime in November, “I don’t have any timeline to talk about. I think that the most important thing for us always comes down to the quality of the expansion, of the gameplay, and so that will be a big factor in terms of driving our schedule.” Both Hellfire and Lords of Destruction came out approximately one year after Diablo and Diablo 2, so a Diablo 3 expansion is already behind historical schedule. This is a game people had to wait four years for between announcement and release. The expansion may be coming, but the wait will likely be long. 

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